Battista Franco

Italian (Venetian) (about 1510 - 1561)
Battista Franco God the Father 1552 - 1554


Born about 1510
Died 1561
Nationality Italian (Venetian)
Birth place Venice
Death place Venice

Although born in Venice, Franco was in Rome by the time he was twenty. There he made drawings after the Antique treasures that filled the city, but he also fell under the spell of Michelangelo and made numerous drawings after the master’s work. In addition to being a fine draughtsman, Franco was also an accomplished painter and printmaker. He often produced prints of his own designs using either etching or engraving, or sometimes a combination of both. Much of his career was spent in Rome and Urbino, but around 1552 he returned to Venice where he lived for the last decade of his life. He is sometimes known by the nickname ‘Il Semolei’.